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Old 01-29-2008, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Video: great smart car review ... by people who appreciate compact transportation

Here's an entertaining & thorough review of the '08 US smart car, posted by the folks from www.thescooterscoop.com

I like the shot at the end of the video - the host has his scooter helmet in his lap while he's wrapping up.

I bet he couldn't wait to get the heck out of that enormous land yacht and back on two wheels!




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Old 01-29-2008, 09:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Filmed in Austin, Tx. W00T. Nice find. I'm hoping to see a bunch of those here.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When will these become available in the US for sale? If they have already, where do you get them?
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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U.S. deliveries of the smart started this month (January 08).

You get them out of the gum ball machines at the grocery store.

Just kidding . Check http://smartusa.com/
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The engine even sounds decent when the guy is giving it some stick at about 4:00 into the video when he heads onto the freeway.

Too bad only the automated manual gearbox is available. If they offered a true manual, a determined hypermiler could kick butt with this platform in urban driving.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Staged, or not staged? At 6:20 they drive by a traffic crash, where a SUV has flipped over on it's roof, crushing the A pillar down on one side. This gives the smooth smart guy the opportunity to segue into a little talk about the smart's safety cell as they drive past. What are the odds.
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I wonder how cheaply a determined searcher will be able to pick one up for from an unhappy owner in half a year hehe.

They look like neat cars.
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Anybody else want to race a Smart Car vs a Tata Nano?
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Man, I built one that had EPS for just over $12k...Just need to wait for them to go down in price...but by then my Yaris will be cheaper so I'll probably just get that :'(

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